Miami Heat 97
Charlotte Bobcats 81
The Heat is officially on! The Miami Heat went into the “House that MJ built” and took care of business with a nice double digit road win beating the Charlotte Bobcats 97 to 81. The Heat had trouble pulling away all throughout the game. and the Bobcats are surprisingly one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.
The Bobcats had their off-season acquisition Al Jefferson out for the game with an ankle injury. Their offensive anchor Kemba Walker had 22 points to keep the Bobcats in it, but the rest of the team wasn’t able to do much damage as the Heat’s defense accumulated 8 blocks and forced 8 turnovers.
LeBron was up to his usual efficient self, dropping 30 points on 13-18 shooting. The Heat weren’t fully healthy for this game as Ray Allen, Mario Chalmers and Udonis Haslem were all unavailable for action on Saturday night. Norris Cole got the start at point guard and had an underwhelming performance as did the rest of the starters not named LeBron. Bosh and Wade combined for 11 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists. For the second game in a row, Beasley provided the scoring needed to pull away as he came off the bench and added 15 points that kept the starters in the bench resting while stretching the lead to double digits.
The Heat have now improved their record to a respectable 7-3 and are now set up to string together a few more wins giving the the ease of the upcoming games.
Next Game: Tuesday, Atlanta comes to the Heat’s house. Tip Off at 7:30pm.